Bus Texts with Stutts - October 7 - LA Kings Insider

This edition of Bus Texts with Stothers comes from San Antonio, where the Reign fall to the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 to open the 2017-18 season. Forward Michale Mersch picked up the lone tally midway through the second period and goaltender Jack Campbell provided 30 saves.

ORI: You stressed “preparation” this week and in the pregame skate today. Were the Reign simply ill-prepared/caught off guard by the Rampage tonight, especially in the opening period?
Head Coach Mike Stothers: Caught off guard by what?? The fact we didn’t move our feet? The fact that we refused to put pucks behind their D? The fact that we wanted to play every direction, but North? Took until the third period to borrow a compass from a Boy Scout, but then it was too late.

ORI: There were several rushes/plays that were not connecting. Just early season chemistry that needs to be sorted out?
Stothers: Just need to be ready to play right from the start. Took too long to get our feet moving. You can’t make plays standing still. We will get back to work this week with some good practices.

ORI: That was my next thought. How big are these next couple practices before Iowa and Chicago on Friday and Saturday?
Stothers: Practice is crucial this time of year, especially with the roster turnover and youth in our lineup.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D

Bio

Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.
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Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.
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Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.
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Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right

Bio

Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.
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Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Birthplace: KRAMFORS,SWEDEN
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.
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Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C

Bio

Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.
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